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Black Rabbit

Observed: 18th June 2012 By: Eskling2Eskling2’s reputation in MammalsEskling2’s reputation in Mammals
Black Rabbit
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Wild black rabbit. Are these melanistic forms or a result of interbreeding with escaped pets?

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Fenwickfield's picture


It is not because of breeding with escaped pet rabbits it happens naturally in wild populations,but you tend to see more if the population is at a high level.I get two or three black ones were I live each year and it is very rural.


Eskling2's picture

Thanks for clearing that up!

I know of a few rural locations where black rabbits appear but all are close enough to housing to give rise to the (erroneous) interbreeding theory!

Gill Sinclair's picture

Wild rabbits

We get black wild rabbits in East Yorkshire too.

Gill Sinclair
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Fenwickfield's picture


I read about this in a rather good book by R.M.Lockley called The private life of the rabbit it was written for a tv survival programme,it also says that in some remote area's there can be large amounts of black rabbits because of inbreeding within the colony.